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R. Schumann: Complete Symphonies

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Lawrence Foster

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Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38 "Spring"  
1.1
I. Andante un poco maestoso - Allegro molto vivace
Robert Schumann; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
10:59
1.2
II. Larghetto
Robert Schumann; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
6:45
1.3
III. Scherzo. Molto vivace
Robert Schumann; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
5:36
1.4
IV. Allegro animato e grazioso
Robert Schumann; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
8:41
Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61  
1.5
I. Sostenuto assai - Un poco più vivace - Allegro, ma non troppo
Robert Schumann; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
13:03
1.6
II. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
Robert Schumann; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
6:55
1.7
III. Adagio espressivo
Robert Schumann; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
10:21
1.8
IV. Allegro molto vivace
Robert Schumann; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
8:17
Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 97 "Rhenish"  
1.9
I. Lebhaft
Robert Schumann; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
9:53
1.10
II. Scherzo. Sehr mäßig
Robert Schumann; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
6:54
1.11
III. Nicht schnell
Robert Schumann; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
5:39
1.12
IV. Feierlich
Robert Schumann; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
6:03
1.13
V. Lebhaft
Robert Schumann; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
5:32
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120 "Clara" (1851 Version)  
1.14
I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft
Robert Schumann; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
11:06
1.15
II. Romanze. Ziemlich langsam
Robert Schumann; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
4:23
1.16
III. Scherzo. Lebhaft
Robert Schumann; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
5:47
1.17
IV. Langsam - Lebhaft
Robert Schumann; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
9:57
Total Playing Time    2:15:51
Robert Schumann started his career as a composer of piano music and Lieder, and is still best known for his work in these genres. Intimidated by Beethoven’s legacy, as well as by his friend Felix Mendelssohn’s prolific output, Schumann long avoided the symphony. Spurred by his wife Clara, who was convinced that his imagination could not find sufficient scope on the piano, he eventually ventured four highly original symphonies. While the First (“Spring”) and Third (“Rhenish”) display a typically German-Romantic predilection for the picturesque, the Second bears the fruit of Schumann’s study of Bach counterpoint, while the solemn and sombre Fourth seems to provide a hint of the composer’s troubled state in the final years of his life. The works are presented here in an excellent performance by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Lawrence Foster.
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